Research:Codex/Motivations of contributors




Research questions

  • Why do users contribute to Wikimedia sites?
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Avenues of research, gaps in literature, including leads and resources

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[17] (research newsletter coverage: "Substantive and non-substantive contributors show different motivation and expertise")

[18] (research newsletter coverage: "Individual and social drivers of participation in Wikipedia")

[19][20][21] (research newsletter coverage: "What drives people to contribute to Wikipedia? Experiment suggests reciprocity and social image motivations")

See also



  1. Ling, Kimberly; Beenen, Gerard; Ludford, Pamela; Wang, Xiaoqing; Chang, Klarissa; Li, Xin; Cosley, Dan; Frankowski, Dan; Terveen, Loren (2005-07-01). "Using Social Psychology to Motivate Contributions to Online Communities" (PDF). Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 10 (4): 00–00. ISSN 1083-6101. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2005.tb00273.x. 
  2. Preece, Jennifer; Shneiderman, Ben (March 2009). "The Reader-to-Leader Framework: Motivating Technology-Mediated Social Participation". AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction 1 (1): 13–32. Retrieved 2015-12-01.  [WikiPapers] [Acawiki]
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  4. Yang, Heng-Li; Lai, Cheng-Yu (2010-11-01). "Motivations of Wikipedia Content Contributors". Comput. Hum. Behav. 26 (6): 1377–1383. ISSN 0747-5632. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2010.04.011. 
  5. Kuznetsov, Stacey (2006-06-01). "Motivations of Contributors to Wikipedia" (PDF). SIGCAS Comput. Soc. 36 (2). ISSN 0095-2737. doi:10.1145/1215942.1215943. 
  6. Farič, Nuša; Potts, Henry WW (2014-12-03). "Motivations for Contributing to Health-Related Articles on Wikipedia: An Interview Study". Journal of Medical Internet Research 16 (12). ISSN 1439-4456. PMC 4275502. PMID 25498308. doi:10.2196/jmir.3569. 
  7. Zhang, Xioaquan; Zhu, Feng (December 2006). Intrinsic Motivation of Open Content Contributions: The Case of Wikipedia (PDF). Workshop on Information Systems and Economics. WISE 2006. Chicago, IL, USA. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  8. Lai, Cheng-Yu; Yang, Heng-Li (2014-12-01). "The Reasons Why People Continue Editing Wikipedia Content – Task Value Confirmation Perspective". Behav. Inf. Technol. 33 (12): 1371–1382. ISSN 0144-929X. doi:10.1080/0144929X.2014.929744. 
  9. Ciffolilli, Andrea (2003-12-01). "Phantom authority, self-selective recruitment and retention of members in virtual communities: The case of Wikipedia". First Monday 8 (12). ISSN 1396-0466. doi:10.5210/fm.v8i12.1108. 
  10. Forte, Andrea; Bruckman, Amy (November 2005). Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing (PDF). Group 2005 workshop: Sustaining community: The role and design of incentive mechanisms in online systems. Sanibel Island, FL, USA. pp. 6–9. 
  11. Asadi, Saeid; Ghafghazi, Shadi; Jamali, Hamid (2013-07-05). "Motivating and discouraging factors for Wikipedians: the case study of Persian Wikipedia". Library Review 62 (4/5): 237–252. ISSN 0024-2535. doi:10.1108/LR-10-2012-0114.  [Research Newsletter]
  12. Xu, Bo; Li, Dahui (2015-04-01). "An empirical study of the motivations for content contribution and community participation in Wikipedia". Information & Management 52 (3): 275–286. doi:10.1016/ 
  13. Oreg, Shaul; Nov, Oded (2008-09-01). "Exploring motivations for contributing to open source initiatives: The roles of contribution context and personal values" (PDF). Computers in Human Behavior. Including the Special Issue: Internet Empowerment 24 (5): 2055–2073. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2007.09.007. 
  14. Kim Dodson, Randall Benson: Wikipedia Editor Survey 2012 - motivation analysis (Wikimedia Foundation 2015)
  15. Baytiyeh, H., & Pfaffman, J. (2010). "Volunteers in Wikipedia: Why the Community Matters." Educational Technology & Society 13 (2), 128–140.
  16. Jadin, Tanja, Timo Gnambs, and Bernad Batinic. "Personality traits and knowledge sharing in online communities." Computers in Human Behavior 29, no. 1 (2013): 210-216.
  17. Zhao, S. J., Zhang, K.Z.K., Wagner, C., & Chen, H. (2012). Investigating the determinants of contribution value in Wikipedia. International Journal of Information Management. DOI:10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2012.07.006doi:10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2012.07.006  
  18. Suzuki, Yoshikazu (November 2011). "Individual and social motivations to contribute to commons-based peer production.". 
  19. Hergueux, Jérôme; Algan, Yann; Benkler, Yochai; Morell, Mayo Fuster (2014-03-18). "Cooperation in Peer Production Economy: Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia". Lyon Meeting. Lyon Meeting. 
  20. Yann Algan, Yochai Benkler, Mayo Fuster Morell, Jérôme Hergueux: Cooperation in a Peer Production Economy. Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia. Working paper, PDF.
  21. Yann Algan, Yochai Benkler, Mayo Fuster Morell, Jérôme Hergueux: Cooperation in a Peer Production Economy Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia. Aix-Marseille School of Economics, 12th journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet (June 2013) PDF